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المنتدى العالمي المعني بالأمن الغذائي والتغذية

Re: Sustainable Farming Systems for Food and Nutrition Security

Florence Egal
Florence EgalFood Security and Nutrition expertItaly

Being retired, I am not in the best position to respond to the first two questions but have been very interested in the different contributions. For whatever it is worth, let me raise a few points.

References have been made throughout to sustainable farming systems.  I would suggest a twin-track perspective:

  • at household/community  level, farming systems should be seen in the context of sustainable livelihoods, which should also include off-farm income - in particular food processing, marketing and catering – and migration/remittances.
  • at territorial level, we should be looking at sustainable food systems and again farming systems would only be a key element.

Revisiting the existing supply-driven system can only have a limited impact and value chains are only one dimension of food systems. It is urgent to adopt a demand-driven perspective. 

When talking of resilience to environmental stressors, we should review systematically indigenous food (farming) systems, which are usually low-input and risk-adverse.   « Modern » agriculture techniques have undermined resilience and introduced/increased environmental stresses. These should be identified and removed, and legislation/regulations reviewed accordingly. 

It is urgent that scientific research reviews promising local practices via inter-disciplinary teams - including lawyers - and participatory processes with a view to generate practice-based evidence to inform policy. The ten principles identified by IPES-food -   -  would provide a good basis.